Australian bees are in "lockdown" and thousands will be destroyed

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 - 12:39

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Millions of Australian bees are in "lockdown" and thousands will be destroyed after a deadly parasite was detected in the country.

The varroa destructor was first found at a port near Sydney last week but has since been spotted in hives 100km away.

The outbreak threatens to cost the honey and food production industries millions of dollars.

Keepers inside a new biosecurity zone will not be able to move hives, bees or honeycombs until further notice.

Australia was the only continent free of the varroa mites, which are the biggest threat to bees worldwide.

The pests - which are about the size of a sesame seed - weaken and kill colonies by feasting on them and transmitting viruses.


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